Do You Really Need Eye Cream?

One of the most common questions we hear from people has to do with eye cream. Or, more specifically, "Why can’t I just use a regular moisturizer for my eyes?" That might seem like an easy fix, but the truth is that moisturizers don’t offer the targeted benefits that an eye-specific product can provide. Not to mention they also aren’t ophthalmologist tested for safety.

From crow’s feet to puffiness, there are an array of issues that are unique to the eyes. To help you understand exactly why an eye cream is a must for any skincare routine, we’ve put together a list of the most common eye issues, plus the products that can help and tips on how to get the most out of an eye cream.

Undereye Circles

The undereye area is noticeably thinner than the rest of the skin on your face. Because of this, it’s visibly more translucent and things like blood vessels are more noticeable. When you don’t get enough sleep, it causes the blood in those vessels to pool, creating that shadowed effect.

To help lessen dark circles, look for products with Caffeine. It’s a known vasoconstrictor, meaning it helps stimulate circulation and keep blood from pooling. Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream has both Caffeine and Copper PCA, a mineral known to fortify skin and improve elasticity. Add to that humectant Calcium PCA and you’ve got a great pick for minimizing the appearance of under eye circles and puffiness.

Bags & Puffiness

Speaking of puffy eyes, undereye bags are a very common issue for people of all ages, skin types, and tones. They’re caused by a build-up of fluids underneath the eye that creates a puffy appearance.

Naturally derived ingredients like Butcher’s Broom Extract, found in Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye, help flush that excess fluid, visibly reducing puffiness. For an extra de-puffing effect, try using a jade roller. After patting in the eye cream, glide the roller across the undereye in smooth, sweeping strokes to help push the fluid build-up from under the eye.

Fine Lines

That thin skin and fewer fat pockets also makes eyes more susceptible to fine lines, a.k.a. crow’s feet. Squinting, smiling, and other movements can cause fine lines over time. They will eventually turn into deeper wrinkles as you age and collagen and elastin decrease in your eye area.

Vitamin C is one of the best options for helping to retexturize fine lines under the eyes. Our Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate has 10.5% pure Vitamin C (plus dark-circle reducing Haloxyl) to noticeably decrease the appearance of crow’s feet and sub-orbital wrinkles.


The eye area doesn’t have as many oil glands as the rest of the face, meaning it has less natural hydration and is more susceptible to the effects of aging, like wrinkles and crepey skin. While moisturizers do a great job of hydrating your face, they haven’t been formulated for the delicate eye area. Eye creams have been formulated and tested to not only be safe for the eyes, but also to go to work helping your undereye skin to get the best hydration benefits for its particular needs.

Our bestselling Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado uses Avocado Oil and Shea Butter to gently hydrate the delicate eye area. Its unique texture won’t migrate into your eyes, so it stays where it’s needed most to effectively deliver its nourishing benefits.

Do your eyes a favor and add a skin-healthy eye cream into your daily regimen.

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